ABC Cancel's Kristin Chenoweth's GCB
Sad news for BWW's legions of Kristin Chenoweth fans tonight as ABC has passed on renewing GCB for a second season, as first reported by Deadline.com. The only silver lining is that perhaps now Broadway will get the in-demand star back.
The cancellation comes despite the show finishing No. 1 among women 18-34 and 18-49 in the 10/9c slot.
Chenoweth starred on GCB as Darlene, alongside Leslie Bibb and Annie Potts. Directed by Alan Poul, “Good Christian Belles” centers on a recently divorced mother of two who, to get a fresh start, moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up to find herself in the whirling midst of salacious gossip, Botox, and fraud.
Emmy and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television and film. She received rave reviews while starring in the ABC series Pushing Daisies, where she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Pushing Daisies was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award for “Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy”. She has appeared in Fox’s comedy GLEE, where she played a former student who comes back to help re-energize the Glee club. She also starred as Annabeth Schott on the hit drama The West Wing and guest judged on American Idol.
Many remember her show-stealing, Tony-winning performance in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and her triumphant star turn when she originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, which earned her a leading actress Tony Award nomination.
In addition to her Christmas album, “A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas”, Kristin has released two previous albums entitled, “Let Yourself Go” and “As I Am”. Chenoweth’s fourth CD, “Some Lessons Learned” is scheduled to be released September 13. Her debut single, “I Want Somebody (Bitch About)” is a tongue-in-cheek song about finding unconditional love. All of the songs on Chenoweth’s new album are very personal and explore her life experiences as a woman. The single will be available for sale on May 31. Chenoweth is currently on tour across the U.S.
Kristin recently wrapped production of her next movie "Ed Zwick's Family Weekend”. The film, written by Matt K. Turner, centers around a disgruntled teenager's attempts to get attention from her dysfunctional family. Kristin was most recently seen on Broadway as Fran Kubelik in the revival of “Promises, Promises” starring alongside Sean Hayes at the Broadway theater. ”Promises, Promises” is a unique and popular part of the musical theater canon which was on stage for the first time in over forty years.
Chenoweth was also recently seen in the Disney movie “You Again” alongside Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristen Bell. She is the voice of Rosetta in Walt Disney Picture’s “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” and “The Great Fairy Rescue”.
Kristin wrote an uplifting candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, “A Little Bit Wicked”, which was released by Simon & Schuster in April 2009 and debuted at # 12 on the New York Times Hardcover Non Fiction Best Seller List.
Kristin’s stage credits include: Kern and Hammerstein’s rarely seen 1932 musical Music in the Air, the second Encores! production of New York City Center’s 2008-09 season. She starred in Stairway to Paradise, an original Encores! production celebrating the great Broadway revue. Commemorating the centennial anniversary of the first Ziegfeld Follies, Kristin concluded New York City Center’s 2007 season with beloved Broadway numbers from the early 20th century. Ms. Chenoweth starred in the critically successful and highly lauded limited-engagement of The Apple Tree at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54 and also performed in the Broadway comedy Epic Proportions and in the Kander and Ebb musical Steel Pier, for which she won a Theatre World award. She also performed in an Off-Broadway production of Moliere’s Scapin for the Roundabout Theatre Company and Nora Ephron’s Love Loss and What I Wore.
A veteran of the concert scene, Kristin took the stage in a solo sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and continues to tour the country. Chenoweth also joined the musical group IL Divo and international violin virtuoso, Vanessa Mae on IL Divo’s for their limited-run holiday tour in 2009. She performed her solo concert at Sam Mendes’s acclaimed Donmar Warehouse as part of the Divas at Donmar series. The show received glowing reviews. Following her show in London, Chenoweth has had numerous collaborations with various symphonies, including The New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. One of her proudest accomplishments was having the privilege to perform Bernstein’s Candide at Lincoln Center with The New York Philharmonic. Other performances include her sold-out Los Angeles solo debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, an evening at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Washington National Opera’s 50th Anniversary Gala with Placido Domingo. She also had the honor of playing a sold out solo concert at the famed Metropolitan Opera House.
TV: April Rhodes, in Fox’s hit show Glee. E.J. Baxter, in the Lifetime Original Movie The Twelve Men of Christmas as part of the Network’s annual Fa La La La Lifetime programming event. Marian Paroo, in ABC’s movie version of Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man, and Lily St. Regis in the television adaptation of Annie and Mrs. Noodle on Sesame Street. Kristin also starred in her own series Kristin for NBC and Fox’s animated series Sit Down, Shut Up and was seen in the season finale of ABC’s hit comedy Ugly Betty.
FILM: Deck the Halls with Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick, RV with Robin Williams, Bewitched with Nicole Kidman, Running with Scissors with Annette Bening, and The Pink Panther with Steve Martin. Her film credits also include a cameo in Stranger Than Fiction with Emma Thompson. Kristin starred alongside Cheryl Hines and Jeff Daniels in the animated film Space Chimps for Twentieth Century Fox. She also starred in the independent film, Into Temptation, directed by Sundance filmmaker Patrick Coyle opposite Jeremy Sisto.